"A witty, fascinating look at something we generally prefer not to look too closely at.
We are very discreet. We disappear into a private room, perform the task, flush, wash, and reappear as if nothing happened. Of course, hygiene is necessary―some faecal bacteria, if re-ingested, can cause very serious problems―and unpleasant aromas are best kept at bay.
But in all this hygienic discretion have we lost touch with an integral part of ourselves-something as much a part of living as breathing, eating and sleeping? Something enriching, creative and even enjoyable?
The Story of Shit presents a personal, cultural, scientific, historical, and environmental account of shit, from the digestive process and the fascinating workings of the gut, to the act of defecation and toilet etiquette. With irreverent humor and a compelling narrative style, Midas Dekkers brings a refreshing, entertaining and illuminating perspective to a once-taboo subject."